An extraordinary opportinity to meet with Patrick deWitt and Jean Portanete in Movie Theater Rialto on 17 November. The meeting will be led by Maciej Świerkocki and Szymon Kloska. Admission is free of charge.
42-year-old Patrick deWitt was born in British Columbia. Currently he lives in Portland, Oregon. He debuted in 2009 with a semi-autobiographical novel Ablutions. His second book — The Sisters Brothers — was published two years later and gained recognition. Story based in times of American gold rush was wery well received not only by the readers, who made it a bestseller, but also by literary critics. The novel was nominated for Booker Award and Walter Scott Prize for best historical fiction, and honored with Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award, Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The third and latest published novel — Undermajordomo Minor (2015) takes place in unknown ⅩⅨ-century European country and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Patrick deWitt revealed he has been working on another novel French Exit, which is to be released next year.
Jean Portante was born in 1950 in Differdange, Luxembourg. He published over 40 books — novels, short stories, dramas, poetic books and essays — translated into many other languages. Jean Portante received many awards for his work, including: the Prix Mallarmé for L’étrange langue and the Grand prix d’automne de la Société des gens de lettres, both in 2003. His most crucial books are: Mrs Haroy ou la mémoire de la baleine (1993, awarded SERVAIS for the best book of the year) and L’Architecture des temps instables (2015). He has been a member of the Académie Mallarmé for 11 years now. Together with poet Jacques Darras he co-founded the French poetry magazine Inuits dans la jungle and since 2009 he has been the head of Transkrit, a magazine dedicated to translatory work. Jean Portante is counted as one of the most important artists from Luxembourg — in 2011 he received the Prix national de littérature, the most important literary prize of the country.